NACAC Responds to Federal Commission on School Safety Findings

Michael Rose

Shanda Ivory

Arlington, VA (Dec. 19, 2018) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) expressed its disappointment in the resource guide released Tuesday by the Federal Commission on School Safety, which was created following the February 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“The report falls short of what our nation needs to keep our students and school staff safe from the harmful effects of gun violence,” said Stefanie Niles, president of NACAC. “Because the commission refused to fully consider the role of guns in school violence and the need for common sense firearms laws and policies, it forfeited the opportunity to create something positive from the tragedies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public High School and elsewhere.“

Earlier this year, NACAC issued a statement urging President Donald Trump and Congress to implement meaningful steps to reduce gun violence in schools. Specifically, NACAC called for:

  • Measures to address easy access to semiautomatic weapons and accessories that increase their lethalness;
  • Restored funding for programs aimed at minimizing violence;
  • Rejection of proposals to arm educators as a way to curb gun violence in schools;
  • Funding for school districts to hire additional school counselors.

“While NACAC supports efforts to improve students’ access to mental health services, the commission’s findings avoid the manifest concerns millions of students and educators have regarding gun violence,” Niles said. “We urge Congress to immediately take up legislation that addresses the concerns we have outlined to provide our students with a safe learning environment, while allowing teachers, counselors, and other educators to help them reach their full academic potential.”

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.


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